But the extra manpower came too late for many abuse victims.

In at least one case reviewed by New Times, it's clear that crimes occurred after an initial report was sent to MCSO detectives.

After a father was accused of beating his 12-year-old boy in late 2005, sheriff's detectives received the case but did not investigate. State Child Protective Services contacted the Sheriff's Office about the case the following year, forwarding tape-recorded interviews as evidence. One of the tapes contained an allegation that an 8-year-old girl in the same household had been sexually abused, but, again, no follow-up was done.

At a December news conference, Joe Arpaio listens to questions about botched sex-crimes investigations under his watch.
At a December news conference, Joe Arpaio listens to questions about botched sex-crimes investigations under his watch.
Levalya Beyart of El Mirage says that after her daughter reported being raped in 2007, the Sheriff's Office told her, "This [is] not a priority."
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Levalya Beyart of El Mirage says that after her daughter reported being raped in 2007, the Sheriff's Office told her, "This [is] not a priority."

A report on the case, forwarded in April 2006 by CPS, details an allegation that both of the boy's parents had threatened to kill him, holding a knife to his throat and beating him with a stick. CPS noted that an examination of the boy's shoulder blade showed an unhealed fracture.

The sex-crimes unit gave back the file to El Mirage police in August 2007, "with apparently no work having been done." The case still is active.

In other cases, it's possible that more abuse occurred after the MCSO took a case — or, at the least, that swift investigation would have led to arrests.

One example: A mom took her three girls, ages 4 to 10, to a medical center in June 2007 after they'd complained of vaginal burning. "The victims reported that their live-in step-grandfather — identity known — had touched their vaginas and inserted his fingers on multiple occasions," a police report states.

By December 2007, the case still hadn't been worked.

A few months later, Bruce Tucker, the former Dowling investigator, was assigned the internal sex-crimes probe. Then, after working on it for more than a year, he was assigned by MCSO Chief Deputy Hendershott to work with the sheriff's private lawyer, Dennis Wilenchik, on the defense against Dowling's lawsuits.

As Tucker and Hendershott drove from Wilenchik's office on July 31, the chief deputy told Tucker he didn't want anything to interfere with work on the Dowling suits. Since Sergeant Seagraves was a principal in Tucker's probe into the sex-crimes unit, Tucker was ordered to stop work on it.

It's unclear what Sheriff Arpaio knew about the stalled investigation, but he and Hendershott had near-daily briefings.

The investigation into who gets blamed for the sex-crimes debacle might have been put off forever. But in September 2010, Deputy Chief Frank Munnell, interviewed by the Attorney General's Office for its criminal investigation into the aforementioned campaign-finance scandal, dropped his bombshell memo.

The Munnell memo and the resulting investigation by Paul Babeu's office provided many new details on how Arpaio's office had messed up the sex-crimes cases. In addition, a staggering amount of corruption in the MCSO was revealed. The sheriff had no choice but to fire two of his most trusted aides, Hendershott and Deputy Chief Larry Black, for a raft of well-publicized ethical and potentially criminal violations.

Famously, he claimed he had been "duped" by Hendershott.

Now, Arpaio claims he was duped by his sex-crimes unit, which supposedly should have worked harder despite the minuscule resources he'd provided.

The Sheriff's Office has yet to reveal details of its investigation into the sex-crimes debacle, but the public soon should learn more about the scandal. Because of the Munnell memo, the internal investigation was restarted sometime in 2011.

At the January 31 hearing before the Board of Supervisors, Deputy Chief Sheridan said at least 10,000 pages of material from the long-running probe were under review by the County Attorney's Office.

Sheridan downplayed the enormity of the problem, claiming that only 15 sex-crimes cases countywide — not including the El Mirage cases — hadn't been investigated.

It's difficult to believe Sheridan's figure, considering the scope of the scandal in just El Mirage, where serious problems were noted with 43 of 51 cases assigned to the sex-crimes unit.

Whatever the real story, efforts supposedly are under way by both the Sheriff's Office and the El Mirage Police Department to shore up badly investigated cases. So far, officials say, 19 reopened cases have resulted in prosecutions, though they haven't divulged which cases they are.

Sheridan claims that new policies and training procedures have been put in place "so the problem does not surface again."

But Arpaio and the public have not heard the last of the sex-crimes mess.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice issued findings in a long-running civil investigation of the MCSO, claiming that Arpaio's department has discriminated against Hispanics and committed the "most egregious case" of racial profiling in U.S. law enforcement history. A report on the findings says the Justice Department still is examining whether the failure to investigate sex crimes was because of Arpaio's "culture of bias" against Hispanics.

The Justice Department also still is probing criminal allegations that Arpaio abused his power.

Now, with all his baggage, Arpaio has entered campaign mode, hoping to ride out the criticism and — at 80 years old — get re-elected to another four-year term.


"I've been praying for a phone call like this," a woman in Chicago tells New Times.

The woman is the mother of a 13-year-old girl who claimed that she'd been molested repeatedly by her father in 2006.

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Richard1980
Richard1980

I can see why a non-profit organization would sidle up to Joe, it would get them media coverage they need for donations, but Joe sidling up to them is just for his gain and is wrong. yes, they need help and wont turn any away, and for that i honestly cant really blame them. but Joe has had a track record of using things or people for his gain and discarding them. i dont think anybody should turn them away, because they are a good cause, but Joe using them the way he is, and after the whole El Mirage deal, just proves how bent that sick old man really is. the day after the election he wont give them another thought. so in a way, i agree that the article shouldnt make them out as evil, but i have no problem with them stating that Joe is http://www.protopage.com/buy-neurontin-online http://www.protopage.com/order-cipro-online http://www.protopage.com/order-lasix-online http://www.protopage.com/buy-keflex-online http://www.protopage.com/buy-clomid-online http://www.protopage.com/buy-lipitor-usa

Robert
Robert

Rape and death are normal in Mexico, Central America and South America.
Native women are often raped by relatives and non relatives. Very few escape this crime against humanity. Same in the middle east and muslim control.
Women do not have any standing in society in many, many places throughtout the world. Especially if you are a different race.

Oregonpapa
Oregonpapa

And if illegal immigration was under control in Arizona, the sex crimes would plummet over night.

alison hicks
alison hicks

Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Lisa Allen his head Publicist are out for anyone, anything or whatever will make the news. Power, money and control: you wonder how people lie so much and won't go on a public appearance unless it is in their favor. Arpaio has so much money and pays lisa off to control his power along with the media. Who the F....is this guy and why does he scare off so many people. Money can pay people off??? SICK PEOPLE THAT TAKE THAT MONEY LIKE LISA ALLEN. She is not going to be good looking in my movie BackSPIN. Just like the inside looks don't matter she is. I'm doing the casting on her. This will make my movie making her outside look like her inside lies and catch up with the thing she protrays. I WOULD HATE TO BE LIKE HER OR JOE. I LOVE TO LIVE HONEST. THESE PEOPLE KILL FAMILIES LIVES AND NEED TO BE EXPLOITED.

Troybunch
Troybunch

I wonder how many rapes and sex trafficking is going on this week with your Backpage ads? which is owned and operated by New Times owners Larkin and Lacey. Just google "village voice pimps", owners of New Times to find out all about their sex trafficking.

sherrdbw
sherrdbw

I guess that Arpaio was too busy investigating President Obama's birth certificate instead of dealing with issues in his own county. Isn't it about time that he retires.

Alabama

Ddesertdawg
Ddesertdawg

Looks like everyone needs to avoid the town of El Mirage with all the perverts who live there,is it the water?

IzzyKiddnya
IzzyKiddnya

Sheriff Joe was to busy! The "Big Bust" was reported in the UK!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

He managed to prevent a conspiracy which would have seksually abused a German Sheppard dog! He got all three of the malefactors!

I guess when you elect your law enforcement leaders, you get the kind of priorities you really want

Olga Aros
Olga Aros

eLatinaVoices received a copy of the sex crimes audit that identified the 432 crimes not investigated by MCSO. On January 31, Deputy Sheridan reported to the County Board of Supervisors that there were only 15 uninvestigated cases. We made a public comment to the Board and to Deputy Sheridan and County Attorney Montgomery, challenging the reported 15 uninvestigated crime report and contacted the MCSO Sex Crimes Unit for clarification. We have yet to receive a response. Of the 432 sex crime cases, we learned that El Mirage had 32, Guadalupe had 19, Litchfield had less than 10. We are still awaiting reports from the other contracted cities. On behalf of the sex crime victims, we thank you for bringing this to light. A change in leadership at the MCSO is critical for the safety of our children.

Jerri Pastor
Jerri Pastor

Please take time to read - this is only one example of the work that Maricopa County Sheriffs office neglected in El Mirage.

Mark
Mark

This situation disgusts me. One of the most moving things I've ever been a part of in Phoenix was the vigil for victims of abuse who were ignored by Joe Arpaio after this story first broke, down at Occupy Phoenix. The vigil may not have "done" anything, but it was great coming together and being mournful... right before discussing how to get this motherf***er out. Serious issues here-- can anyone deny this is BAD for Phoenix and Arizona in general? Geeze!
http://youtu.be/w32QbhFQfQA

azdriver
azdriver

I see Phoenix New Times as quite a biased publication. Still, Ray Stern's article certainly shows there are serious issues with MCSO. Of course that's if the facts presented are accurate of which I am always somewhat suspicious no matter the media outlet. If El Mirage had an influential residents, I'm sure MCSO would have been there in a flash and in force. Isn't it time to get some "new blood" as Sheriff? I think so.

Jesus Cristo de Nogales
Jesus Cristo de Nogales

Help end the illegal Mexican occupation of the United States of America. Vote for candidates that support deportation and not pathway to citizenship. It is the only way to prevent the total destructiom of the US.

Pat
Pat

who cares about arpaio, did you hear what is going on in paul babeu's county? LOL

wpnz96
wpnz96

It seems to me tht really the only thing Sherrif Joe cares about is deporting all of the mexicans and arresting people for DUI. Any other crime doesn't seem too important for this guy. Oh and don't forget he always has to have his face on TV.

Broski Love
Broski Love

Sheriff Joe is a greasy fat bastard thats coated in teflon. He owns too many people and Obama wont touch Murrica's favorite Sheriff with an election so close.

Church lady
Church lady

It's not uncle Joe's fault. He assigned them to Babeu.

Haley Fivestar
Haley Fivestar

there are far too, too many sexual abuse cases within the phoenix area and it seems that none are behind bars being held accountable for their crimes. Just running a search on sex offenders will pull up what seems to be hundreds all over central phoenix alone. Now, the state protects them due to harsh environments should they go to prison. To the public from an ex-con, you need to push for these cases to make sentencing to prison. they do pay for these crimes there. They deserve whatever they get and should not be protected by the law. innocent people are sentenced to hard time everyday, and also not so innocent, none the less, they still receive very harsh sentences, while these sick predators are left free to roam the street and prey on our children. Then society and the law wonder why individuals take law upon themselves. If maricopa county was'nt using these offenders as street informants for petty investigations like small time hustling, then maybe we wouldnt live in fear for our children. Voters need to push for sentencing changes. I myself find that a child predator is far worse than a simple drug dealer trying to survive, and I believe should be taken to much more extreme during sentencing process. In fact, there is no cure for sexual predator's, they will never think differently. If you ask me, they are the ones who should receive death sentences. I commend the men doing time who clean up by ridding us all of these individuals. Children are angels of god and should not be harmed. Anyone who hurts an innocent child should meet severe consequences.......

Slugman2000
Slugman2000

Wasn't this covered by abc15 9months ago, and then the national media 3 months ago? The man is Teflon, he will never see justice

azwayne
azwayne

I see more problem with morals of the complainers than the sherriff department. When you're this perverted who do you expect to help?? You think they turn in relatives, adn dog like friends??? Who would allow any of this perversion to occur, whpo with a brain??/

Jesus Christo de Nogales
Jesus Christo de Nogales

Leave it to the Phoenix "New" Times news to post any and all stories that take attention away from the most serious destruction of the American way of life. We should all be concentrating on how we end the illegal Mexican occupation of America and return the occupiers back to Mexico!

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

I would rather the sheriff focus on apprehending illegal aliens as they cause so many problems for the USA. They steal identities, don't pay state or federal income tax, take jobs citizens could be doing, and drain taxpayers since we have to pay for the birth of their anchor babies. Illegals also get in state tuition which they shouldn't.

Let police and cps work on the sex abuse cases. Why aren't they under fire for not focusing on these cases?

This rag and azlibtardcentral are going after arpaio because you like illegal alien penis, don't you? Cheap sex from dirty south of the border trannys? You are some sick people.

Bill
Bill

There is no one at the (yellow rag ) like the new times that could run the SHERIFF Dept.But you are the first to scream about things that you know nothing about.The victims didnot help the sheriff with there complaints because most of them included family members and boy friends that they never pushed for helped some were ILLegal and did not get sent back to Mexico .It now becomes something to complain about to the yellow news paper who will blow it out of portion just to hurt the Sheriff dept This is just to hurt the only dept.that trying to keep
this state out of Mexican control and you people are not smart enough to see it.YOU WILL WHEN ITS TO LATE>
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Lastrealindian
Lastrealindian

I am 100% PRO JOE ARPIO and I friggn damn tired of these ratty ass ILLEGALS coming here and stealing our jobs, money, raping and murdering our American Citizens! I would like to line all of them up and go gung ho 'firing squad' on their asses! Too bad that will never happen becuse of all the WEAK ASS WHITE PEOPLE!!!

Albert2010
Albert2010

Since you obviously left your brain in the toilet bowl, I would suggest you retrive it and at least start it up BEFORE you get online. BTW, while you are in there, don't forget to put your Hitler Youth shorts back on your butt. COMPRENDE, BRO ??

sarum
sarum

Oh yes, let us all march in lockstep goosestep to the Soros funded Hispanic Nazi agenda. Let us all break the borders for the globalists and let the NWO begin because we Hispanics think our lot will be better and we have been given secret promises to that effect. So what if Jesus is hispanic? We know that having a different idea is not tolerated in the community so that is why we have to come here anonymously - so fuck you for putting that on him and me and anybody else. Hispanic does not mean to think one way only means that you are disloyal to your race. That kind of thinking makes you a willing tool, rhymes with fool.

sarum
sarum

Readers may be ignorant as to how the various social strata of Mexico handle sexuality issues and what is commonplace and accepted in their culture as well as their law. To view Sheriff Joe's choices through a narrow prism of US law is to self-servingly forget that in many legal cases here in the US laws of other nations (like Sharia) has trumped US domestic law and that cultural insensitivity has become a prosecutable crime. The "Mexican" population needs to decide if they want to live by US law and US culture or Mexican law and Mexican culture. To expect any law enforcement officer to determine on a case by case basis which cases are prosecutable and which cases are culturally acceptable to this population is expecting too much or you could ask Georgy Porgy to fund that initiative too. So drop the La Raza Reconquista Macho Mexico shit or go back there. You can't have it both ways and pick and choose which parts of US law you want the protection of and then make out that other parts of US law is persecuting you just cuz you chose to break it or cuz you chose NOT to learn la linqua franca so you couldn't know. It would be delicious to prosecute all of the sex perps regardless of whether their culture of origin allows their behavior or not and lock them all up and throw away the key but then this article would either never happen or the "Shurf" would be getting prosecuted for cultural insensitivity - oh wait, he already is. Meanwhile those who embrace US law and custom and culture first are called "bad Mexicans" and receive great prejudice from the Reconquista Brown Power ones. So just sign me BAD MEXICAN.

sarum
sarum

AZ has always been pathetic regarding help for rape victims. At one time the so-called rape crisis center had a 6 month backlog for counseling related to the crime. That really helps when you are in crisis now having been raped yesterday. Oh yeah, just put all your resultant disfunctionality on hold for 6 months before you get help. And then be reminded that these organizations are generally run by lesbians who want to turn your brain towards their political agenda rather than help you re-adjust to a bi-sexual (as in 2 sexes) society - nope, they would just as soon turn you towards a women only community. So Joe has gone with the flow on this one. AZ has always sucked on this issue.

Joe Friday
Joe Friday

How can people sacrafice innocent children because a criminal wraps himself in the flag creating the illusion of safety. Joe Arpaio is closer to John Wayne Gacey not the Duke. It is time for Americans and Arizonans to stand for right.

rosalia136
rosalia136

Someone that knows what he's talking about!

sherrdbw
sherrdbw

And here I thought that Florida had all of the pervs.

Alabama

minnie trout
minnie trout

Is this you Joe? Sounds like Joe. Distraction is not going to work anymore.

rosalia136
rosalia136

This is kind of the subject but, still is relevant. and it is relevant because the Phoenix you times wrote a story on it, LOL nobody wants to hear from the the idiot running against the Sheriff.
http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.c...

Bnbk
Bnbk

Me thinks that subconsiously,it is YOU that craves a big brown piece of Latino man meat. You're projecting you perverted, closeted fantasies.

Follower_of_the_ONE
Follower_of_the_ONE

I don't think I've read or heard of anybody working for this yellow rag offering to run for the office and make the claim they could run the office. No, those are Arpiao's claims and he has failed miserably at meeting those claims. So really you think Arpiao is going to ride his shiny white ass in and save you against the mexican horde? LMAO1

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

This state was PART of Mexico before we "won" (read:stole) it from our southern neighbor in 1848.

Arpaio is NOT a police officer. He is not even AZPOST certified.

Get a clue and the facts before you post.

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

This isn't Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin buddy.

"I friggn damn tired of these ratty ass ILLEGALS coming here and stealing our jobs, money, raping and murdering our American Citizens! I would like to line all of them up and go gung ho 'firing squad' on their asses!"

Good for you for being pro-Joe. I am not and I very strongly disagree with his policies, which is why Arpaio is in scalding hot water with the DOJ as I type.

I don't think you even read the article. I also think you need to stop drinking the Arpaio/Pearce Kool-Aid.

Arpaio and his office essentially spit in the eyes of crime victims, all of whom are American citizens, just because they are poor and/or are Hispanic. That is disgusting and inexcusable.

You need to get the facts before you post, buddy.

Dogbiter
Dogbiter

you're a dumb sack of shit. self-deport to europe, mofo!

rosalia136
rosalia136

Joe Arpaio Opponent Mike Stauffer Suddenly Uninvited to Candidate Forum
Less than 24 hours away from a candidate forum in Sun City West that was supposed to host both ​Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his opponent Mike Stauffer, the Stauffer campaign tells New Times that he's been officially uninvited.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Countries are stolen all the time. Its called war you fool. Strong survive, weak perish. Mexico was weak (still is) that's why they lost this land.

Get the fuck out of the USA if you are going to talk shit about a country whose founders fought and died so trash like you could have free speech.

This nation is one of the greatest on the planet because of Europeans. If this land was still Mexico it would just be more poverty and filth owned by drug cartel.

Mexican citizens are weak people with no integrity.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Fuck you and your illegal alien roaches.

Lastrealindian
Lastrealindian

First I am not your buddy. Second, you are one of the Illegal Alien pity party people. I am not. YOU are one of the friggn "Occupy" rats! You are against OUR own laws! Go to hell

Richard9397
Richard9397

Crawl back into your hole. Daylight does not serve you well. COMRENDE ???

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

"Countries are stolen all the time."

Really? Name the last time a country was stolen since the Spanish-American War of 1898.

Um, I fought to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. I have no intention of leaving the United States.

This nation is the greatest on Earth because of immigrants, including Hispanics. I know and am friends with several Hispanics.

"Mexican citizens are weak people with no integrity."

Describes yourself perfectly.

Bnbk
Bnbk

Yea,this coming from someone who has constantly spewed his anti-US goverment diatribe.

WhoKnows
WhoKnows

Third, if you still support Arpaio, you have the brain of a turnip!

Shadowlokon
Shadowlokon

I am half mexican/white, born in North Dakota raised in Az. Ive never seen such ignorant white and mexican people. I am proud fuckin American. I exercise all my rights. But because my skin is brown, idiot white people like u set this country back to slavery. You obviously lost or never had the consept of what being American is!

LD19 Resident
LD19 Resident

A few thoughts:

1) I do not now, nor have I ever supported illegal immigration. However, no one seems interested in resolving this issue. Arpaio and Pearce have not resolved the issue, nor is it within the state's purview to do so.

2) I am in no way, shape or form associated with the Occupy movement.

3) I stand for the rule of law. I very strongly disagree with the MCSO shurf because he is not providing law-enforcement services. Rather, he is campaigning and getting his face on TV. This is why the DOJ is here: Doing the job the Flaccid Failure won't do.

4) If you live in Maricopa County, Arizona, and I do, you are already in hell.

 
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